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Athlon Sports 2017-18 ACC Basketball Preview

Defending national champ North Carolina still has Final Four potential despite losing most of its dominating frontcourt. Joel Berry ranks among the nation’s top point guards, and graduate transfer Cameron Johnson is one of the conference’s top shooters. Don’t expect a program that’s been to back-to-back national title games to slide back much. (Athlon Sports)

Sterling Manley Making Strides

6-foot-11 freshman forward Sterling Manley admitted to having nervous rumblings early in UNC’s 86-69 win over Northern Iowa on Friday, but quickly calmed them after scoring nine points and securing eight rebounds in 14 minutes. The first game of a player's career can be full of surprises, but the biggest surprise for Manley was how natural everything actually felt. (Inside Carolina)

Kenny Williams flashes new abilities in UNC's season opener

Unlike his first two years, Kenny Williams kept shooting, kept swiping and kept slashing to the basket on his way to 10 points, five assists and three rebounds in the Tar Heels’ season-opening 86-69 victory over Northern Iowa at the Smith Center. This was a new Williams, a player who has counted his blessings every day since a knee injury ended his season last February. (Winston-Salem Journal)

As Bullock waits on his shot to zero in, his focus is on little things that add up to Pistons wins

Reggie Bullock is about more than his 3-point shot these days, the tool that made him a No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft after his junior season at North Carolina. “This year I felt like I stepped up my defensive intensity and rebounding and running the floor and making the right passes and doing whatever I can to help the team,” Bullock said after Saturday’s practice. (Detroit Pistons)

Why Raymond Felton has become the 'glue' of the Thunder's second unit

Just because Raymond Felton has accepted a shift from starter to second unit since hitting his 30s doesn’t mean he’s benched his competitive streak. The game is simple: One-on-one. With a physique that contrasted the taller, more slender ones around him, Felton still gets his shot off, proving he's brought more than just trash talk with him to Oklahoma City. (The Oklahoman)

The forgotten man

The day of the exhibition, he can’t sleep. Kenny Williams usually takes a nap on game days, but the jitters take over. They bleed into the game too, leading to five misses on six attempts. He doesn’t care. He’s finally back where he belonged. “It was a pretty big deal for me,” Williams says after the game. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.” (Argyle Report)

Jalek Felton Adjusting to College Basketball

Moments before Jalek Felton took the floor at the Smith Center for his first game as a Tar Heel, UNC coach Roy Williams informed him that he would be starting at point guard. After player introductions, and before the first tip-off of the 2017-18 season, Felton received some words of wisdom from Joel Berry, who is sidelined with a broken bone in his right hand. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Northern Iowa: Inside The Numbers

Based on my tape review and defensive charting, Kenny Williams was the clear player of the game on that end of the court. He only allowed a single field goal attempt, which was missed following a solid closeout. The only two points he was responsible for resulted from a late rotation that ended in a pair of free throws after an attempted drawn charge. (Inside Carolina)

Garrison Brooks Calm, Focused in UNC Debut

Throughout the preseason, freshman big man Garrison Brooks has rebounded, run the floor, and been in position on defense. That consistency earned Brooks a starting spot on Friday for the Tar Heels' opener against Northern Iowa. The Alabama native put together a solid performance -- 14 points and six rebounds on 5-for-6 shooting. He was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. (Inside Carolina)

Garrison Brooks A Quick Study

Garrison Brooks earned the start at center. And after picking up a foul on UNC's first possession, he scored the team's first points of the season on an offensive rebound and putback. He then made a turnaround baseline jumper on the next possession. Brooks admitted to being nervous in UNC's exhibition victory over Barton. But he said that didn't carry over to Friday. (GoHeels.com)

Baden Jaxen (formerly Dexter Strickland) signs with Qatar Sports Club Doha

Qatar Sports Club Doha signed 27-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (formerly Dexter Strickland). He played last season at Promitheas in Greece. Jaxen also played last season for Etha in Cypriot Division, where in 15 games he averaged 21.9 points per game and was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Rookie of the Year. (Asia-Basket.com)

Isaiah Hicks scores career-high 35 points in G-League game

Landry Nnoko tipped in Speedy Smith's miss with 0.9 seconds left to lift the Grand Rapids Drive to a 97-95 comeback win over the Westchester Knicks on Friday. For the Knicks, Isaiah Hicks scored a career-high 35 points with 10 rebounds and six offensive rebounds (Video). Hicks tied the game and hit just his second three-pointer of the season with seven seconds left. (MLive.com)

Raymond Felton proving helpful off Thunder bench

Raymond Felton was averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists heading into Thursday’s game at Denver. The efficiency is even more impressive: 48 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3. The Thunder have gone from incapable to competent with their backup point guard on the floor, outscoring opponents by 8.5 points per 100 possessions while Felton is playing. (Norman Transcript)

Led by Luke Maye, UNC’s big men impressive in opener

What’s this about North Carolina having big (man) issues this season? A lot of people around the country will be surprised that Luke Maye put up career-highs in points (26), field goals (11), field goals attempted (16) and minutes (28) to notch his second career double-double with 10 rebounds and lead UNC in scoring for the first time in his career. Maye wouldn’t be in that group. (Raleigh & Company)

On Garrison Brooks' North Carolina Debut

Garrison Brooks posted a 14-point, 6-rebound performance that included a perfect 4-4 effort from the free-throw line. Not bad for what was supposed to be the weak link. “Garrison is playing more minutes because he’s making fewer mistakes (than the other young bigs),” Roy Williams said. “He’s boxing out more, he’s running the floor more. I think he’s a good basketball player.” (Argyle Report)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Bucknell: 81
Wed, Nov 15 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, 11:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23, 2:30 ET ESPN

UNC vs. Ark/Okla
Fri, Nov 24, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Texas Tech75
at Boston College64
Evans (Texas Tech) 29 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 15 pts;
at Wake Forest72
Bundu (Quinnipiac) 11 pts; Crawford (Wake Forest) 17 pts;
Texas Southern67
at Syracuse80
Scott (Texas Southern) 11 pts; Dolezaj (Syracuse) 10 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Duke0-04-0
NC State0-04-0
Boston College0-04-1
(11) Miami0-03-0
(13) Notre Dame0-03-0
(9) North Carolina0-02-0
(18) Louisville0-02-0
Florida State0-02-0
Virginia Tech0-02-1
Wake Forest0-01-3
Georgia Tech0-00-1

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